Ocean Outlook

BROOKINGS - The latest storm front to hit Southern Oregon has brought with it hazardous seas and a small-craft advisory through Saturday throughout the region. Too bad because early season bottomfishing has been excellent when boaters have been able to leave the estuaries.

After three calm days, look for red fin surfperch right along the shore at the Winchuck Beach. The marine daily bag limit remains six fish (including rockfish, greenling and other marine species), two lingcod and 15 surfperch. Yelloweye rockfish and canary rockfish must be released. The minimum length for lingcod is 22 inches, for cabezon it is 16 inches and for greenling it is 10 inches.

Crabbing has improved when boats have been able to get out of the harbor.

For sport crabbers the minimum size for dungeness crab is 5¾ inches measured in a straight line across the back immediately in front of, but not including, the points.

PORT ORFORD - The ocean was high and conditions were hazardous for fishing Wednesday.

COOS BAY - Crabbing is improving daily as good salinity levels are drawing dungeness into the bay. Crabbing should remain very good for the next two months. Sturgeon fishing has slowed amid cold and clear water conditions. A small craft advisory remains in effect through Saturday.

WINCHESTER BAY - Crabbing is very good within the bay's triangle. Sturgeon fishing is fair.

COASTWIDE - The entire coast remains open for clamming. The daily limit for razor clams is the first 15 taken regardless of size or condition.

For more information on clamming check www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/shellfish/.

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